By Adama Tine
The chairman of the Gambia Centre for Victims of Human Rights Violations, Muhammed Sheriff Kijera, has said that former President Yahya Jammeh left a legacy of atrocities, broken homes, battered economy and a fragmented community and society in the Gambia.
Kijera was speaking during an interview with Mamos Media following a meeting between Samsudeen Sarr and President Adama Barrow on Monday which revealed that the president was trying to reconcile with Jammeh for his return to the country.
“Jammeh is a citizen of this country. He has every right to return back to this country as a Gambian but he does not have the right to return as a free citizen because he has questions to answer with regards to the alleged human rights violations perpetrated on Gambians,” he said.
He added that with testimonies forthcoming at the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC), Jammeh is seriously implicated by testimonies revealed by the junglers and other perpetrators alike.
“Yahya Jammeh does not deserve to be treated as a statesman because of the track record he left behind in the Gambia. He left so many widows behind. He also left behind so many innocent fatherless children, and destroyed so many homes and left a very weak and fragile economy for the Gambian populace,” he continued
Kijera went on to add that “Adama Barrow is a terrible disappointment as far as moral consciousness is concerned. He let down every Gambian because he should not have granted Samsudeen Sarr an audience after everything he said about Barrow’s own government and the people of the Gambia.”
He said Samsudeen Sarr did everything possible at the level of the United Nations when he was serving as Gambia’s permanent representative to delegitimize the coalition government of Adama Barrow. He said Sarr also made several audio recordings rubbishing the efforts of the TRRC, the ministry of Justice as well as those of the government of the Gambia in trying to forge ahead with the establishment of the transitional justice process.
Kijera described Samsudeen Sarr as an enabler of Yahya Jammeh and a perpetrator, saying he has been adversely mentioned at the TRRC and therefore he does not deserve respect and the audience at the level of the presidency at State House.
Speaking further, Kijera said for security reasons, Jammeh should be tried outside the Gambia because there are victims who are so hurt that they will do anything to revenge against Jammeh, which is not safe for him. Therefore, he said the ideal country he will recommend for Jammeh’s trial would be Ghana.